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INC president urges lkoro and Obazuwa communities in Edo state to Sheath their Sword and Embrace Brotherly love 

The national president of Ijaw National Congress has called the two warring communities of Ikoro and Obazuwa in Edo state to sheath their swords and embrace peace and live harmoniously.
This was contained in a press statement signed by Prof Benjamin Ogele Okaba and made available to journalists.
Part of the statement reads.
“The attention of the ljaw National Congress (INC) has been drawn to the ongoing fratricidal crises between the lkoro, an ljaw community and the Obazuwa, a Bini community all in Edo State, South-South  Nigeria.”
“The ljaw National Congress frowns at this avoidable conflict which has reportedly involved the engagement of lethal weapons resulting in the destruction of lives and property. This is not acceptable to us as indigenous peoples of ljaw and Bini. The Niger Delta ethnic nationalities are minorities who have over time suffered the same fate of oppression,  neglect, deprivation  exploitation and marginalisation generally in the wider Nigeria  clime.”
“Rather than coalesce efforts, strategies, tactics and energy to combat our common enemies, it is regrettable that two neighbouring communities who share similar existential challenges could engage themselves in acts of self-destruction especially at this auspicious moment of our nationhood that has made inter-ethnic unity, cooperation and solidarity more imperative.”
“We, therefore, call on these warring communities to sheath their swords and embrace peaceful dialogue and arbitration processes to address whatever reasons are behind this conflict that has led to the degree of provocation and aggression we have seen so far.”
“Both the ljaws and Binis and by extension all other Niger Delta groups should continue to eschew bitterness and explore non-violent mechanisms and options to resolve their grievances. There is and cannot be a better alternative to constructive dialogue and engagement in conflict resolution and management.
“As minorities in the Nigerian contraption, we are too endangered in a community of predatory wolves in sheep clothing  to resort to internal wrangling and any act of self extermination.”
“We, therefore, appeal to the Governor of Edo state His Excellency,  Godwin Obaseki who doubles as the Chief Security Officer of Edo State, to act within the ambits of his powers to restore peace and normalcy to the warring communities. The INC is confident that the Governor shall extend his fatherly tentacles and treat all the parties involved equally as citizens of Edo state without ethnic biases”
“We are very willing and also well equipped  to partner with the Government and the good people of Edo state  and particularly the Leadership of the Bini Socio-cultural organisation in their genuine search for lasting peace to these intractable crises springing up sporadically between the ljaws and the Binis in Edo State.”
“It may suffice to note that the ljaws are aborigines in the delta coastline who were never conquered and therefore must be so treated with the dignity and respect they deserve in their ancestral homes, despite being minorities as occasioned and orchestrated by State antics of balkanization.”
“While we continue to leverage on the strategic initiatives initiated by the INC and the leadership of the Conference of President Generals of Niger-Delta ethnic Nationalities to build stronger unity among our people, we wish to thank the security agencies for their intervention and call on both sides to remain calm.
“Let brotherly love  reign and the spirit of unity prevail and guide our co-existence and relationships as we match on this common route to self-determination and fulfilment.”
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